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Paperback picks

A spotlight on the best fiction on shelves right now, including ”Home Fires,” ”The Pelican Brief,” and more

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The Pelican Brief John Grisham (Dell, $6.99, first published in 1992) Grisham’s tale of simmering Supreme Court corruption may be familiar, predictable stuff — call it The Condor Brief, or maybe Three Days of the Pelican — but it has sure pacing and considerable panache. B

”I” is for Innocent Sue Grafton (Fawcett, $5.99, 1992) Grafton’s ninth outing for kick-ass private eye Kinsey Millhone of Santa Teresa, Calif., is a nicely devious, firmly paced whodunit. B+

The Evening Star Larry McMurtry (Pocket Star Books, $5.99, 1992) Larry McMurtry’s 15th novel finds the prolific author on familiar ground: the humid freeways of Houston, land of strong-willed, lusty, indomitable women and the spineless men who inevitably fail them. B-

Sliver Ira Levin (Bantam, $5.99, 1991) The concept behind this best-seller (and the current movie version) couldn’t be simpler: electronic voyeurism. A bright, rich, handsome psychotic has wired an entire high rise so he can view his tenants on a closed-circuit-TV network. A

Home Fires Donald Katz (HarperPerennial, $14, 1992) An engrossing narrative about the lives of one family — the Gordons of Harbor Isle, N.Y. — that begins in 1945 and continues through 1989. A